Hills of Austin

About Our Chapter

NCL, Inc., Hills of Austin Chapter is a group of mothers and daughters who have come together in a commitment to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.
Members shall reside in the Austin and surrounding area. Like all NCL, Inc. Chapters, Hills of Austin aims to foster the mother-daughter relationship by serving its communities together.

Our members embrace the mission of NCL, Inc., to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Our chapter holds meetings once a month for mothers and daughters that often include special speakers and activities supporting the three pillars of the organization.  NCL, Inc. offers mothers and daughters an opportunity to learn, meet new friends, and to volunteer in their community.

Annual events are the Mother/Daughter Tea held each fall and the Spring Banquet and Awards Luncheon honoring each year’s graduating senior class.


The Hills of Austin Chapter of NCL, Inc., formed as a chapter on February 28, 2011 with 129 members providing support for a total of seven local philanthropies.  Hills of Austin became a fully Chartered Chapter at a special ceremony in 2012.

Since then, our chapter has grown to a total of over 300 members supporting over 20 charities.

Past Presidents:

  • Julia White, Founding2011-2012
  • Julia White, 2012-2013
  • Julie Ballard, 2013-2014
  • Samantha Sanford, 2014-2015
  • Kathi Haralson, 2015-2016
  • Katy Taylor, 2016-2017
  • Carrie Kubala, 2017-2018
  • Tina Hanzlik, 2018-2019
  • Shay Rogillio, 2019-2020
  • Current President: Lydia Soldano, 2020-2021

Join Our Chapter

Interested in joining our chapter?  A prospective member must be sponsored by a current member of our chapter.  Membership opportunities are dependent on chapter openings.

If you know someone in our chapter, talk to her about getting started, membership obligations and our membership drive timeline.  If you do not know someone in NCL, you are invited to complete this

Membership Inquiry Form

For any questions regarding Membership, requests for transfers or assistance with connecting as a Sustainer, email us.

Mothers and their daughters (grades 7-12) participate in a program that embraces:

Community Service

Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities. 

Some of the philanthropies we work with are:

  • Drive A Senior
  • Helping Hand Home
  • Westover Helps


Each NCL, Inc. Chapter promotes social awareness by considering the local community’s needs and selecting appropriate non-profit organizations to serve.  Each Chapter then supports its philanthropic service partners through different volunteer activities.  Philanthropies supported by our Chapter include:

  • Austin Groups for the Elderly
  • Austin Pets Alive
  • Austin Theatre Alliance — The Paramount Theatre
  • Central Texas Food Bank
  • The Colorado River Alliance
  • Drive-A-Senior
  • Girls Empowerment Network
  • Helping Hand Home
  • JDRF
  • Jeremiah Program
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes
  • Operation Homefront
  • Partnerships for Children
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Salvation Army Austin
  • Special Olympics Texas
  • Superhero Kids
  • Susan G. Komen
  • The Contemporary Austin — The Art School

Leadership Development

Nurturing confidence through opportunities to learn and grow, while also building problem-solving skills through a supportive environment of healthy relationships. 

Examples of skills developed include:

  • Confidence
  • Consensus building
  • Team building
  • Conflict resolution
  • Event planning
  • Parliamentary procedure
This year’s Board Members:

  • President: Lydia Soldano
  • President Elect: Kelly Benzon
  • Secretary: Shimako Cachila
  • Treasurer: Gwen Bresser
  • Parliamentarian: Julie Hall
  • Vice President Communications: Jamie Noell
  • Vice President Membership: Missy Link
  • Vice President Patroness Activities: Ashley Crowl
    Toni Nguyen
  • Vice President Philanthropy: Krista Saeger
  • Vice President Provisionals: Meg Voelter
  • Vice President Ticktockers: Staci Vagner
  • Sustainer Liaison: Barbara Murr
    Leslie Haydon


Membership in NCL, Inc., is a six-year journey that encourages members to engage in experiences that build essential skills.  Our chapter’s Six-Year Core Program is designed to further the NCL, Inc., mission through community service, leadership development and cultural experiences to ensure maximum personal growth.

Hills of Austin Chapter’s program contains focus components for community service and leadership development that include these areas:

  • 7th Grade – Community service focus on homelessness, poverty and hunger; leadership development of organization and time management skills.

  • 8th Grade – Community service focus on the military and the disabled; leadership development of team building, listening, and conflict resolution skills.

  • 9th Grade – Community service focus on health and our environment; leadership development of goal setting, budgeting and timeline tool skills.

  • 10th Grade – Community service focus on children and education; leadership development of delegation and motivation skills.

  • 11th Grade – Community service focus on the elderly and animals; leadership development of public speaking and presentation skills.

  • 12th Grade – Senior Ticktocker classes are allowed to choose their community service focus area.  Leadership development focuses on healthy relationships and self esteem.

Cultural Experiences

As future leaders, we continually strive to build stronger ties with our communities and the individuals within them. It is through this understanding that we grow and develop broader worldviews that will shape and support our lives.

Mothers and daughters of each class attend a cultural experience together with a focus on different areas of art, theatre, dance and music.

Each chapter celebrates the richness of its history through traditions that honor the past. The Mother Daughter Tea is an NCL, Inc. tradition. Today, NCL chapters around the country continue to embrace their long-standing traditions, as well as, create new ones.

Each Ticktocker class has a different cultural focus every year.

  • 7th Grade – Theatre
  • 8th Grade – Dance
  • 9th Grade – Gardens
  • 10th Grade – Symphony
  • 11th Grade –Visual Arts
  • 12th Grade – Opera
Other activities of our Chapter include:
  • Ballet performances
  • Museum visits
  • Nutrition classes
  • Self-defense classes
  • Skincare lessons
  • Theatre

Chapter Events


Early in our chapter formation, the mothers of the Hills of Austin identified that we not only wanted to serve our local community with our daughters, but also use our life experiences to parlay valuable life lessons about gracious living.  We recognized the annual NCL, Inc., Tea experience as the perfect venue to share knowledge that will help build courteous life skills for our daughters.

Our annual Mother-Daughter Tea is held in the fall and allows each Ticktocker class to participate in its organization and production.  The event features a party theme and is an enjoyable afternoon for both Patronesses and Ticktockers.  This event is when we also recognize our members who have achieved service awards and other special recognitions. We hope our girls will take these etiquette fundamentals with them as they enter the world as self-assured, confident women.


Each spring our chapter honors our senior class at this special event.  Families of the senior graduates are invited to join the entire chapter for lunch and our annual awards presentations.